Over the weekend, the city of Las Vegas was invaded by a plague of grasshoppers. This phenomenon has been seen from space through meteorological radars.
However, despite looking like a post–apocalyptic scenario, it is not a serious problem.
According to Nevada Department of Agriculture entomologist Jeff Knight, grasshoppers don’t bite and don’t even bite but “people don’t like them. That is understandable, ”Knight told The New York Times.
But rather, the appearance of these grasshoppers could be considered as surprising, although it is more normal than it might seem. At first, meteorology specialists thought Las Vegas was in a torrential rain when they observed that their radars had detected a couple of storms.
What do specialists say about the invasion of the grasshopper plague?
“It looked like it should be raining torrentially in Las Vegas,” said CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar. However, one of those supposed rains presented unusual movements until they realized that it was rather a gigantic group of insects.
“Some of you have been asking about widespread radar returns the last nights at #Vegas. Radar analysis suggests that most of these echoes are biological targets.
This usually includes birds, bats and bugs, and most likely in our case -> Grasshopper, ”the National Weather Service office in Las Vegas wrote on Twitter.
On Twitter, there were also recordings that illustrated what the grasshopper invasion looked like at ground level. But even though it is not encouraging images, another grasshopper specialist at the University of Wyoming, Jeff Lockwood, insisted that there is no great reason for vegans to be alarmed.
The main cause of this sudden grasshopper outbreak in Las Vegas is, in fact, due to a growing increase in the amount of rainfall and even in 2019, doubled.
“Throughout history, it seems that when we have a wet winter or spring, these things often accumulate,” Knight said.
“We have clear records of the 60s that happened, and I’ve seen it … at least four or five times in my more than 30 years,” he added. “There are some special weather conditions that trigger migration.”
So, there is not much to worry about.